EGU General Assembly 2023
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Advances in landslide analysis by using remote sensing and artificial intelligence (AI): Results from MultiSat4SLOWS project 

Mahdi Motagh1,2, Simon Plank3, Wandi Wang1, Aiym Orynbaikyzy3, Magdalena Vassileva1,2, and Mike Sips1
Mahdi Motagh et al.
  • 1Helmholtz Centre Potsdam, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Potsdam 14473, Germany
  • 2Institute of Photogrammetry and Geoinformation, Leibniz University Hannover (LUH), Hannover 30167, Germany
  • 3German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD), German Aerospace Center (DLR), 82234 Wessling, Germany

Landslides are a major type of natural hazard that cause significant human and economic losses in mountainous regions worldwide. Optical and synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite data are increasingly being used to support landslide investigation due to their multi-spectral and textural characteristics, multi-temporal revisit rates, and large area coverage. Understanding landslide occurrence, kinematics and correlation to external triggering factors is essential for landslide hazard assessment. Landslides are usually triggered by rainfall and thus, are often covered by clouds, which limits the use of optical images only. Exploiting SAR data, and their cloud penetration and all weather measurement capability, provides more precise temporal characterization of landslide kinematics and its occurrence. However, except for a few research studies, the full potential of SAR data for operational landslide analysis are not fully exploited yet. This is a very demanding task, considering the availability of a vast amount of Sentinel-1 data that have been globally available since October 2014.

In this presentation we summarise all the achievements that were made within the framework of MultiSat4SLOWS project (Multi-Satellite imaging for Space-based Landslide Occurrence and Warning Service), financed within the Helmholtz Imaging 2020 call. The project aims on developing a multi-sensor approach for detection and analysis of the landslide occurrence time and its spatial extent using freely available SAR data from Sentinel-1. Within this project,  we generated a reference database based on Sentinel-1 and -2 data for training, testing and validation of deep learning algorithms. The reference database contains various landslide examples that occurred worldwide and include pre- and post-event polarimetric, coherence and backscatter features. Also, we investigated the applicability of SAR/InSAR time-series data for landslide time detection. Finally, we introduce a prototype of a Visual Analytics platform for rapid landslide analysis of spatial and temporal ground deformation patterns and correlation with external triggering factors.


How to cite: Motagh, M., Plank, S., Wang, W., Orynbaikyzy, A., Vassileva, M., and Sips, M.: Advances in landslide analysis by using remote sensing and artificial intelligence (AI): Results from MultiSat4SLOWS project , EGU General Assembly 2023, Vienna, Austria, 24–28 Apr 2023, EGU23-13292,, 2023.